Man arrested after elderly woman killed while walking on Hwy 400
WATCH: Police say the victim in the suspected hit-and-run fatal on Hwy 400 Thursday was previously reported missing
TORONTO – A man has been arrested after police say a vehicle struck and killed an elderly woman who was walking on a highway northwest of Toronto.
Provincial police say 82-year-old Chandrowci Basdeo of Vaughan, Ont. was struck by an SUV on Highway 400 at about 4 a.m. Thursday while walking along the southbound lanes south of King Road.
Police say a suspect turned himself and his vehicle in to police later Thursday and was arrested.
The name of the accused has not been released but police say he is a 40-year-old man from Bradford, Ont. who is to be charged with failing to stop at a scene of a motor vehicle collision involving death.
He’s due in court Friday for a bail hearing.
All southbound lanes of Highway 400 at King Road were closed during the morning rush hour for the investigation but was reopened around 9 a.m.
Police say the victim lived nearby and was reported missing by family members.
“This female was reported missing last night around 10 p.m. by York Regional Police,” said OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt.
“They had been looking for her overnight until we found her around 4 a.m. on Highway 400 Thursday morning.”
York Regional Police told Global News the victim’s family didn’t report her missing until after 4 a.m. Thursday.
It is also believed the woman may have been confused and left her home without relatives knowing.
-With files from The Canadian Press